Skip school, join global 'climate strike' to preserve their future

Skip school, join global 'climate strike' to preserve their future

Skip school, join global 'climate strike' to preserve their future

Young people around the world are skipping school on Friday to march through the streets, kicking off a global day of student protests aiming to drive world leaders into action on climate change.

An estimated 150,000 students and teachers in more than 60 cities and towns across Australia ditched school to rally against climate change in the School Strike 4 Climate march.

"On climate change, we have to acknowledge that we have failed", she told global economic leaders in Davos.

Hundreds of students walked of out school at 11:11 a.m. Friday to take part in the Youth Climate Strike on the University of Michigan's Diag.

"We don't want to strike", the 14-year-old said.

This will be the third climate student rally Hamilton has staged, and says she hasn't received any grief from her school.

Student protests in Wellington, Sydney and Melbourne drew tens of thousands of people.

"We want our government to understand that there is no planet B", says Rand Abounahia, another one of the strike organizers.

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"We are choosing to rise up and take direct action where older generations have failed", they said in an emailed statement (that's right, these kids are so well-organized they're sending out press releases). "And taking these actions will make life better today, as well as tomorrow".

Since she began demonstrating outside the Swedish parliament previous year, weekly protests have snowballed, fuelled by dramatic headlines about the impact of climate change during the students' lifetimes.

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish schoolgirl who has inspired an worldwide movement to fight climate change, has been nominated as a candidate to receive this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

The students urged elected officials to take climate change seriously, pushed for transitions away from fossil fuels to renewable energy and advocated for a "Green New Deal".

Morning rain cleared in time for the masses to come together at 12.30pm, all with the same goal - to support an global movement for governments to make changes towards preserving the planet.

"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees", Norwegian lawmaker Freddy André Øvstegård told Norwegian news outlet VG.

But scientists have backed the protests, with thousands signing petitions in support of the students in Britain, Finland and Germany. The coverage began last night with our colleagues in Australia and will include reports from correspondents in Thailand, the UK, Belgium, Sweden, France, Spain, the U.S. and many more throughout the day. "We are already facing devastating and irreversible impacts around the world".

"We just need to be telling youth to speak up and get educated about this, because their voice can really influence policy", said CU Boulder freshman Emilie Craig.

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